How do you usually feel when it rains? Do you wish for sunshine? Do you enjoy the calming sound of the raindrops?
Personally, rainy days for me are perfect to catch up on some blogging and reading. Although, I do enjoy reading in the sun as well. But there is something cozy about the rain and dark sky, the possibility to lit up a few candles and cuddle up with a book under a blanket. I’m definitely a cozy reader!
Today I’m joining the Top Ten Tuesday theme – Rainy Day Reads, with a slight twist. Let’s get started!
1 – If rainy days make you feel inspired. Rains are a necessity, they water the trees, fill the ponds and give the much-needed force to our plants. They inspire you to create, to learn or to take care of yourself, taking mother nature’s example.
Listen to yourself and take this time to read that Nonfinction book that’s been on your TBR for literally ever! «Educated» by Tara Westover is a coming-of-age story and autobiography, an opportunity to see things from a new perspective.
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.
2 – If rainy days make you feel calm. You love the sound of rain. It’s the most relaxing moment of your day, to sit by the window and listen to the steady bit of the raindrops.
Crime, thrillers, mysteries – they were made for rainy days. The first genre that comes to mind when thinking “rain” is crime. Imagine yourself sitting by the window, reading about crime clues found by Sherlock Homes, or Hercule Poirot adventures! If you are looking for the true crime novel, make sure to try Robert Galbraith books, starting with «The Cuckoo’s Calling»!
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier.
3 – If rainy days make you feel cozy. This is perfect for everyone who loves to cuddle up with a cup of tea, under the softest blanket, lit a few candles and dive into a fictional story.
Hygge is the definition of cozy! Of course, I couldn’t skip this book. This is the perfect book to enhance the coziness of a rainy day.
‘Hygge has been translated as everything from the art of creating intimacy to cosiness of the soul to taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things. My personal favourite is cocoa by candlelight…’
4 – If rainy days make you feel gloomy. It’s a scientifically proven fact that dark, dreary days can negatively influence our mood. All the negative thoughts start to pour into your head, and all you want to do is to crawl in your bed and wait it out.
Why don’t you try to distract yourself with a new fantasy world? The planet of Windhaven, created by the master of fantasy George R.R. Martin, might be the perfect place to escape from your anxiety!
The planet of Windhaven was not originally a home to humans, but it became one following the crash of a colony starship. It is a world of small islands, harsh weather, and monster-infested seas. Communication among the scattered settlements was virtually impossible until the discovery that, thanks to light gravity and a dense atmosphere, humans were able to fly with the aid of metal wings made of bits of the cannibalized spaceship.
5 – If rainy days make you wish for sunshine . Maybe you don’t dislike the rain. But it makes you wish so much more for those bright summer days. Long walks and warm sun on your face.
Then reading contemporary novels set in the summer is exactly what you need! Transport yourself to the summer camp with Lucy Hansson from «The Names They Gave Us» by Emery Lord.
Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.
6 – If you are afraid of rainy days. Rains is usually accompanied by storm and lightning. You desperately need to get away, distract yourself from the horrific thunder sounds!
«My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry» by Fredrick Backman, or any other of his books, will create the most heartful, warm environment for those scary thunder days.
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different .
7 – If rainy days bring out your dark side. You might be a vampire at heart or a werewolf. Team Edward or Team Jacob?
I’m yet to read any of Stephen King books. But rainy day cannot pass without at least one dark, twisty read, and that’s where Stephen King books come into play.
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
8 – If rainy days make you sleepy. Everyone talks about many books they managed to read in just one rainy day! And you never understood how?! How do they manage to overcome the pull of comfortable pillows and warm duvets?
Guess what?! You still can read TONS of books! Graphic novels will be a perfect choice if you can’t stay awake long enough to read a huge tome.
Set in an imagined future England that has given itself over to fascism, this groundbreaking story captures both the suffocating nature of life in an authoritarian police state and the redemptive power of the human spirit which rebels against it. Crafted with sterling clarity and intelligence, V for Vendetta brings an unequaled depth of characterization and verisimilitude to its unflinching account of oppression and resistance.
9 – If rainy days make you happy. Rainy days always put smile on your face. You get excited for a possibility to stay at home with your favorite book. Cancelling all plans, you can use the rain as an excuse for some peaceful reading time.
I understand that you are already happy. But have you ever felt FURIOUSLY HAPPY?
“I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.”
10 – If you hate rainy days! There is nothing worse you could possibly think of, and you despise rainy days with all your big reader’s heart!
Then my solution for you is Netflix! Why force yourself to read when you are clearly not in the mood? Binge watch some of your favorite series, or try a few episodes of new ones, and the day won’t be so bad after that.
There are certain books that scream “rainy days”. If none of the above mentioned books is your cup of tea, take a look at the suggestions below.
What is your signature “rainy day” book? And in what category do you fit in?
Hope you enjoyed this post and found some more books to add to your TBR! Or maybe you already read all of these books? Let me know in the comments below!